Updates from last week (September 06, 2016)

Hey Adventurers!

wow, it is already September… crazy!!

Here are five updates/posts/thoughts that I originally published on my Patreon page over the last week that I am making available.

Malachowski ‘Ultralight II 300 Sleeping Bag’https://www.patreon.com/posts/malachowski-ii-6637348

An impressive looking sleeping bag. By the numbers I think it has the potential to put the hurt on a number of the top cottage industry sleeping bags, and even the quilt sector.

ZPacks Product Updates (August 30, 2016) – https://www.patreon.com/posts/zpacks-product-6645439

^^^ All ZPacks users should read this post ^^^

ZPacks Tent Disclaimer Taghttps://www.patreon.com/posts/zpacks-tent-tag-6669590

Followup to the previous post about zpacks product updates.

Locus Gear offers a red colour for shelters!https://www.patreon.com/posts/locus-gear-red-6623044

Our friends from Japan have introduced red cuben fiber shelters. Looking forward to seeing a production version outside!

Soylent ‘Coffiest’ – My thoughtshttps://www.patreon.com/posts/soylent-coffiest-6620492

You all know I like my Soylent, so I decided to give the new coffee soylent a try. Interesting stuff.

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Cottage Updates: February 23, 2016

Suluk46 – Tulimak Backpacking Tables
Suluk46, Tulimak Backpacking Table

Howdie Adventurers!

Below are a few cottage updates that I thought I would share. I am sure there are more, these just happen to be the ones I know about (and have remembered) – some are about new gear and some are directly related to the companies.


First up, Suluk46, one of my sponsors, has introduced a small table made from 6061-T6 aluminium, called the “Tulimak Backpacking Table” – which came about as a result of Steve (owner of Suluk46) and myself talking about, back in June of 2015, perhaps manufacturing them, so it is great to see Suluk46 has brought them to market!

There are two models, one with full length slots and one with half length slots.

The full length slots version is 101 grams (3.6 ounces)  and the half-slot version is 141 grams (5.0 ounces)

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Cottage Updates, Nov 24, 2015

Here are some updates related to the cottage industry over the last few days:

  • I decided it was time to address the issue of the cottage industry offering “signatures required” options for shipping.
  • Black Rock Gear is having a 15% off and free shipping on their Sports Pack.
  • ZPacks is offering $25 off Plex tents, sleeping bags, and a rain jacket+pants combo!
  • Mountain Laurel Designs introduced some ‘Dyneema X Packing Cubes‘ this morning, and some cuben-fiber+eVENT Rain Mitts.
  • Mountain Laurel Designs is offering 50% off on the cost of their balaclava if you purchase a Spirit Quilt + Balaclava.
  • Both Montbell and Cascade Designs (MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, etc) are offering free shipping on all orders (normally have to spend $100 to get free shipping)
  • Suntactics has their awesome sCharger-5 available for an insane $99.95 right now.
  • TarpTent has announced they they are offering a $50.00 discount on the Squall 2.
  • Six Moon Designs is offering 20-50% off all of their backpacks and shelters (minus cuben fiber shelters).
  • Vargo released a video today showing off their Titanium Converter Stove.
  • Check out this post over at reddit for additional holiday deals.
  • ZPacks is now installing LineLoc3’s on the entire parameter of their Plex tents. My videos on me doing this (and other mods to the Plex tents) have obviously resulted in a lot of you seeing the wisdom in this and asking ZPacks for the same thing… they started getting so many requests for this that they just decided to do it as standard. Oh, they are also, now, apparently cutting the guylines and pre-attaching them!
  • MiniBullDesigns has introduced a new variation of his crazy popular “QMH pot” (if you have ever seen a video by shug, you have probably seen the QMH, he loves it), called the ATP, which is a flat bottom slightly larger variant of the QMH. Check out this video of the ATP, and here Tinny call me out as a “super super gram weenie” – grin/smile.

There is probably a lot more that has been announced over the last few days that I have missed, so welcome any holiday sale announcements (within the cottage industry) within a comment, if you know of one/some!